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JfJfP comments


2016:

06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics

2015:

23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo

2014:

15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014

2013:

29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011

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Posts

What Bernie Sanders thinks but didn’t say

Bernie Sanders, the radical but defeated candidate for the Democrats’ nomination as their presidential candidate disappointed many with his near-silence on foreign policy. In an interview with The Intercept he expands – Saudi Arabia is not an ally, he would cut the huge American subvention to Israel and open channels with Iran.

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If being Jewish means catastrophe to the other

Robert Cohen addresses himself to the Jewish freshers flocking to universities this week. He asks them not to take as long as he did to discover being Jewish doesn’t mean loyalty to Israel (or attending all classes) but being true to historic values of courage, justice and integrity.

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Paying for a pedal-wash

For the first time in its 100-year history the Giro d’Italia will start outside Europe – and Israel is the lucky beneficiary thanks largely to one man – the hyper-rich Israeli Sylvan Adams who wants to showcase ‘normal’ Israel. Threats of boycott are massing.

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The sins Israelis should repent

Once a common Jewish wish for the new year, inside and outside Israel, was for peace. No longer. Now peace-wishers are seen as deranged leftists. Akiva Eldar lists the five worst sins of politicians and public. Uniting the peace camps is No. 1 on his wish list.

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Out of the ghetto to join the world

Avraham Burg decries the sort of Rosh Hashanah some Israelis will enjoy – dependent on antisemitism to justify their country’s paranoia and isolation. He then movingly evokes the values supported by the Netanyahus’ enemy of choice – George Soros – and diaspora Jews which include celebrating all of God’s creatures and open societies.

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From Occupation to Apartheid in 6 years

In this interview the former Special Rapporteur for Palestine Richard Falk is asked about his time in the post, what changed, what were the highs (getting injustice documented) and lows (the campaign of personal defamation against him).

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A secular Jew – an exact identity

To Daniel Susskind, the Nazi genocide tried to destroy Jewish civilisation: “our histories and memories, songs and stories, ways of thinking and living”. That constitutes his Jewishness while, like many, he cannot believe in a God of any denomination.

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Hamas agrees to hold elections and talks

Palestine cannot hope for independence as long as its people and leaders are divided. So the fact that a weakened Hamas has agreed to a general election and unity talks with Fatah has been welcomed – cautiously, as reconciliation initiatives have been taken many times.

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Trump rides on unspoken Republican racism

The Republican elite in the US despise the vulgar, racist Pres. Trump. Actually, he is saying and doing much that they want but can’t be seen to support. The anti-racist convention that has held the USA together is broken.

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The resistible rise to power of Israel’s Rabbis

Netanyahu’s Faustian pact with the religious right has fed the ambition of the Ultra-Orthodox. Not content with their authority over marriages the Haredi Rabbis have taken to themselves the power to decide who is really Jewish.

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There REALLY is no peace process left

Might there “be a change of paradigm, a shift away from the two-state ideal to a civil rights struggle inside the single-state reality that exists on the ground” asks Jonathan Freedland in this pessimistic assessment. For there is no longer serious pressure for a peace agreement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – whether from within Israel, the Occupied Territories, or from the international community. It is, he says a “longest-running of dramas [a] story that refuses to have a happy ending. It remains a tragedy without end.”

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Jewish opposition to Israeli policies

‘The Independent View‘ is a slot on Lib Dem Voice which allows those from beyond the party to contribute to debates believed to be of interest to LDV’s readers. Here Arthur Goodman, Parliamentary and Diplomatic Liaison Officer of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and a member of the Liberal Democrats and the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine, describes JJP’s work.

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Mahmoud Abbas cracks down on Palestinians

The co-founder of Youth Against Settlements in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron had been arrested on 4 September for criticizing the PA’s earlier detention of Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Qawasmi. “This case represents more than simply a gross violation of the freedom of expression, it tells us all as Palestinians that the PA, our supposed government, values it own survival and prestige over the rights of its people,” the prisoners rights group Addameer said.

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Three cheers for Ruchama Marton! – founder of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel

Ruchama Marton, has just turned 80. She founded Physicians for Human Rights-Israel during the First Intifada, bringing the term “human rights” into the Israeli political discourse. Born in Israel, where she has lived her whole life, she has been an active psychiatrist for more than 40 years. Her relationship with this place is complicated and painful, almost impossible. Alon Mizrahi interviews Marton and reports.

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New rules split Palestinians from foreign spouses

Israel has built up a huge bureaucracy with one purpose only – to oversee and manage (prohibit) every aspect of Palestinian life. Here Amira Hass reports on an unannouced new rule demanding foreigners married to Palestinians have to jump through many hoops to get a visa to stay with their spouse.

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A law to stop pensions to Palestinian families

The Taylor Force Act has received little comment in the US and none at all outside. But it has passed through both houses of Congress. It rules that no money should go to the PA while it pays stipends to Palestinians involved in terrorism – which is how every act of resistance to Israeli rule is described. Its main purpose is a symbolic display of helping Israel and furthering Trump’s all-out war on ‘terrorists’

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What made me a hardline Zionist

Gary C. Gambill, a specialist in Arab affairs says that he turned from supporting Palestinians into being an active Zionist because of the habit of ‘militant anti-zionists’ and leftists of loading onto Israel or the US all power and responsibility for the unmet needs of all Arabs.

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The Gaza ghetto

Gaza is already ‘unliveable’ causing illness, death and immiseration. If the authorities – Hamas, Israel, the PA – could accept their responsibility it might have a hope. At the moment, NGOs are proving the basics which ANY responsible regime should ensure. Save the Children is featured here for its work with children, the first to suffer from adult obduracy.

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For an Israel-Palestine of cantons

Dr. Emile Nakhleh says the people of the area must jettison the two-state formula – which has produced nothing -and explore more creative possibilities that will serve the two peoples.. A confederation of cantons is a starting idea. Facts shown in maps and diagrams.

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Angela Davis makes the Palestinian struggle hers

Angela Davis, activist and intellectual bubbles with thoughts about black radicalism. She sees many likenesses between Israel’s land-grabbing suppression of Palestinians and how a racist bunch of land-grabbers came to rule the United States.

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